Five Spice and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Level up your roasted potatoes with five spice powder and extra garlic!

Level up your roasted potatoes with five spice powder and extra garlic!

Nothing says “family gathering dinner” quite like roasted potatoes. They are beloved by kids and adults alike, take no time to prepare, and they’re very easy to make.

If you like bold flavor as much as I do, try adding five spice to your roasted potatoes and you’ll be surprised by the result. Simply split the baby potatoes into half, toss with olive oil, crushed garlic, five spice, salt and pepper, and stick them into a hot oven. You’ll get beautifully charred potatoes with a warm taste and crispy garlic to go with it.

Level up your roasted potatoes with five spice powder and extra garlic!Level up your roasted potatoes with five spice powder and extra garlic!

I love using colorful baby potatoes to make this dish for  great presentation, but you can use Yukon or red potatoes as well. To properly brown the potatoes, make sure to pat them dry after rinsing.

The best way to deal with garlic is to crush the cloves by using a garlic press without peeling. If you do not own a garlic press, you can grate them instead.

If you have 5 minutes extra, make sure to make your own five spice powder instead of using the bottled one from the grocery store. You’ll thank me later!

You can serve these potatoes with braised pork shank, roasted turkey breast, Chinese style chicken piccata, and honey soy glazed salmon. For a light healthy dinner, serve them with a green salad and bring them together with a simple vinaigrette. They also pair beautifully with just about any poultry, steak, and fish dishes. They are also delicious and satisfying on their own, drizzled with honey sriracha yogurt sauce and topped with bacon bits.

Level up your roasted potatoes with five spice powder and extra garlic!

This post is for Day Three of the #PotatoPalooza event co-hosted by Bowl of Delicious, Panning the Globe and Omnivore’s Cookbook. Check out what recipes the others posted today!

Special thanks to the Idaho Potato Commission for sponsoring #PotatoPalooza 2016! For more delicious potato recipes, check out Idaho® potatoes’ website.

Level up your roasted potatoes with five spice powder and extra garlic!

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Five Spice and Garlic Roasted Potatoes
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 1.5 pounds baby potatoes (white or red)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder (homemade five spice powder works better)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 big garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced chive (or green onion) for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 F).
  2. Halve or quarter potatoes into even size pieces. Transfer into a big bowl. Add olive oil, salt, five spice powder, black pepper, and garlic. Toss until the potatoes are well coated.
  3. Transfer the potatoes onto a baking sheet, and shake gently to spread to a single layer. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour, until browned and crisp. Shake the pan and flip the potatoes after 30 minutes to ensure even browning.
  4. Toss potatoes with chives and serve hot.

The nutrition facts are calculated based on 1 of the 4 servings generated by this recipe.

Five Spice and Garlic Roasted Potatoes Nutrition Facts


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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my Austin, Texas kitchen.

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6 thoughts on “Five Spice and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

  1. Simon

    Never thought about using five spice for roast potatoes! And I have tried a lot on them :)! Really curious now! I will try it for sure! It must be a match made in heaven with my chicken Peg legs 🙂

    1. Maggie Post author

      Since I made my own five spice blend, I started to put it on everything lol Pretty sure these roasted potatoes go well with chicken peg legs (just hopped to your site to check out the recipe, it’s amazing!) 🙂